Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

It's been said that you only need four types of pots/pans for your kitchen. One of them is a good cast iron skillet. Lodge has been making cast iron cookware for over 100 years. Any company that's been around that long has to make a good product.

I prefer using a cast iron skillet whenever I can. It's very versatile and if properly cared for, it will perform for many years to come. 

$22 on Amazon.